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Minutes of the 

Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 



Elder /. F. Mills, Moderator, Marshville, N, C 
/. W. Jones, Clerk Marshville, N. C 

(Minutes of the 

Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Association 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

Thirtieth Spring Session Held With the Church at Freedom, 
Stanley County, North Carolina, Commencing on Saturday Be- 
fore the First Sunday in May, 1914. 

Also of the Eighty-third Annual or Fall Session Held With 
the Church at High Ridge, Union County, North Carolina, 
Commencing on Saturday Before the First Sunday in October, 

Compiled and Apportioned by 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer 
Marshville, N. C. 



Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock a. m. 

Introductory sermon delivered by Elder J. E. Williams, 
from Matthew v. 17. 

Intermission one hour, after which the Association convened 
in the house. 

Praise, and prayer by Elder J. E. Williams. 

Elder Mills called the following bus'ness: 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches, which 
were handed in, and read by Brother W. H. Hinson. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator, and J. W. Jones 

3. Invited messengers from sister associations to seats. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associafons to seats. 

5. Appointed a Committee on Arrangements as follows: Elder 
J. E. Williams, and Brethren S. A. Helms and Aaron Furr, to- 
gether with the Moderator and Clerk. 

6. That the ministers present arrange among themselves 
for preaching on tomorrow ; service at the stand to commence at 
10 o'clock a. m. 

7. Ajourned to 9:30 a. m. Monday. 
Benedict'on by the Moderator. 

Elder B. L. Treece prqached at the stand Saturday afternoon. 


Assembled at the stand at 10 o'clock a. m. Elder H. M. 
Williams preached from Acts ii. 39, followed by Elder J. E. 
Williams, from Acts xx. 28. 

Intermission one hour. 

Elder J. F. Mills preached from 1 Peter ii. 3, and closed by 
Elder B. L. Treece from these words of scripture, "I leave in 
the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall 
trust 'n the name of the Lord." 

We had good preaching, and good attention by the large 
crowd present. 


Re-convened in the house at 9:30 a. m. pursuant to adjourn- 

Praise, and prayer by Elder B. L. Treece; then the Moderator 
resumed his seat. 

8. Called on Committee on Arrangements to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

9. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees. Omitted 
reading rules. 

10. Called on our corresponding messengers to sister asso- 
ciations to report. Elder Mills reported that he attended Mill 
Branch Association, was received and had a good meeting. 
Others failed, and were excused. 

11. Called on corresponding messengers from sister asso- 
ciations to report. None present; but received minutes from 
Mill Branch, Mountain District, Salem and Abbott's Creek. 

Brother T. J. Greer was present as a visitor from Salem. 

12. Called on presbyteries to report. 

Elder J. E. Williams reported that he and Deacons G. M. 
Tucker and J. H. -McClure -formed a presbytery at Clark's Grove 
on Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 1912, and 
ordained Brother S. B. Tucker a deacon for that church (The 
above report had been inadvertently omitted). 

Also Elder Williams further reported that he, with Deacons 
S B. Tucker, J. H. McClure and G. M. Tucker, formed a 
presbytery at Meadow Creek on Saturday before the fourth Sun- 
day in December, 1913, and then ordained E. Huneycutt a 

13. That we return thanks to God, this church and friends 
of the community for kindness and hospitality during this meet- 

14. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last mmutes. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

Preaching Monday by Elders J. E. Williams and B. L. 

We hope to thank the Lord for His presence and manifold 
blessings. Elder J. F. Mills, Moderator. 

J. W. Jones, Clerk. 



The ministers and messengers convened in the house at 
1 1 o'clock. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. F. Mills, 
from 1 John iv. 7. 


Intermission one hour. 

At 1 o'clock it was raining freely, and by consent the busi- 
ness session was held at the residence of Mr. Rushing, so the 
house could be used for preaching. 

Opened with praise, and prayer by Elder W. T. Broadway. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches, which 
were handed in, and read by Brother H. M. Baucum. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills modqrator, and J. W. Jones 

3. Called for petitionary letters, when the church at Phila- 
delphia, Rutherford County, N. C, presented such a letter, and 
was received as a member of the Creek Association, 
their delegates seated, and the hand of fellowship extended them 
by the Moderator on behalf oif the Association. 

4. Invited messengers from sister associat'ons to seats. 
There appeared from Abbott's Creek Elder W. T. Broadway 
and Brother Solomon Snider; and from Mill Branch Elder 
B. H. Harrelson. 

5. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to seats. 
There appeared from the Greenfield, of Tennessee, Elder C. H. 
Ca}ce; and from High Point Elder Samuel McMillon. 

6. Appointed a Comm'ttee on Arrangements as follows: 
Elder H. Taylor, and Brethren T. F. Hill, H. E. Rowell and 
I. N. :M:dlin, together with the Clerk. 

7. Appointed as a Finance Committee Brethren H. M. 
Baucum and Fulton Curlee. 

8. Appointed the following named ministers to preach to- 
morrow: Elders FX. Taylor, W. T. Broadway, C. H. Cayce and 

B. H. Harrelson. Service to begin at 10 o'clock a. m. 

9. Adjourned to 10 o'clock Monday morning. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

Preaching service Saturday p. m. by Elders B. H. Harrelson 
and C. H. Cayce. 


Preaching today in the following order: First, Elder H. 
Taylor, (from Jeremiah li. 10, 11; second. Elder W. T. Broad- 
way, from Hebrews viii. 7. Intermission one hour. Then Elder 

C. H. Cayce preached from Zechariah x'ii. 1, and xiv. 8; closed 
by Elder B. H. Harrelson, from 2 Timothy i. 8, 9. 


The Association re-convened in the house at 10 o'clock a. m. 
Praise, and prayer by Elder C. H. Cayce. 


Proceeded to business, Elder Mills presiding. 

10. Called on Committee on Arrangements to report. Re- 
port read, amended and adopted. 

11. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees. _ _ 

12 Called on corresponding messengers to sister associations 
to report. Elder J. E. Williams reported that he and Elder 
J. F. Mills and other brethren attended Abbott's Creek, and had 
a good meeting. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers from sister asso- 
ciations to report. Eider B. H. Harrelson reported the Mill 
Branch in peace. Elder W. T. Broadway reported peace with 
the Abbott's Creek Association. Received minutes from Abbott's 
Creek. . . 

14. Appointed correspondents to sister associat.ons as toi- 


Abbott's Creek— Elders W. R. Helms and H. M. Williams, 
and file of minutes. 

Mill Branch— Elders J. F. Mills and W. C. Edwards, and 

Center — Elder H. Taylor, and minutes. 
Mountain District — Elder H. Taylor, and minutes. 
Silver Creek — Elder W. R. Helms, and m.'nutes. 
Salem — Minutes. 

15. Called for report on presbyteries. Elder J. E. Williams 
reported that he and Elder C. A. Davis and some deacons 
formed a presbytery at Pleasant Hill, on Saturday before the 
fourth Sunday in May, 1914, and ordained Brother Ransy Lee 
a deacon. 

16. Treasurer reports left over from last year $ 5.10 

17. Finance Committee reports sent up by the churches 

this year 32.10 

Total funds $37.20 

18. That our next spring session convene with the church 
at Albermarle, Stanley County, North Carolina, commencing on 
Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1915; that Elder B. 
L. Treece preach the introductory sermon, with Elder J. E. 
Williams alternate. That the fall or annual session convene 
with the church at Howard's Chapel, Stanley County, North 
Carolina, commencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in 
October, 1915; and that Elder J. E. Williams preach the in- 
troductory sermon, with Elder B. L. Treece as alternate. 

19. That the Clerk send not'ces of these meetings to the 
Landmark and The Primitive Baptist for publication. 

20. This Association recommends to our sister churches at 
High Hill and Broom's Grove, that they mutually choose an 
advisory committee of five or seven brethren to meet with these 
churches at a time and place agreeid upon by both churches, 
then and there to submit their differences to such committee; and 
we ask the committee so chosen and convened to consider the 
matters in controversy between thece two churches and adv'se them 
what they deem proper and legal to restore peace and fellow- 
ship between these two churches. And these churches are re- 
quested to please report the result o': this meeting to our next ses- 
sion at Albemarle, in May. 

21. The Association advises our sister church at Phila- 
delphia to receive back thci letter g" Brother Jonas Taylor and 
restore him to full fellowship. 

22. That the Clerk superintend the printing of 800 copies 
of these minutes, and apportion as usual. And we recommend 
that he employ Elder C. H. Cayce to print and mail out the 
same; and that the Clerk be allowed $8.00 for his services. 

23. Resolved, That we sincerely thank God for His mercy 
and blessings; and that we thank the brethren and friends of 
the community for their hospitality during this meeting; and also 
personally thank Mr. Jesse Rushing »:or kindly rendering us the 
use of h:s dwelling where our first business session was held, 
as the meeting house was needed for preaching service on account* 
of continued rain. 

24. Adjourined to times and places above mentioned in 
these minutes. 

Beinediction by the Moderator. 

Monday while the Association was in session *n the house 
preaching service was conducted at the stand by Elder Samuel 
McMillon, B. L. Treece and C. H. Cayce much to the comfort 
of the Lord's people;. 

We thank our dear brethren, Elders Cayce, Harrelson, 
Broadway and McMillon for their presence and hope they will 
come again. Elder J. F. Mills, Moderator. 

J. W. Jones, Clerk. 

The Association agreed to give each m'nister present $1.00 
out of thq associational and minute fund. There were eleven 
ministers present, and they each received $1.00 from the treasurer. 


Spring- Session, 1914 
Albemarle — David Howard*, M. Furr, W. H. Hinson. 


Bear Creek^ — Elder J. E. Williams, M. C. Furr, Daniel Furr. 
Bethany — By letter. 

Brooms Grove — Elder H. M. Williams, T. M. Broom, E. E. Huney- 

Concord— Elder W. R. Helms*, D. S. Blake. 

Clark's Grove — S. B. Tucker, Pv,obt. Hatley, J. L. Helms*. 
Crooked Creek — H. M. Green, H. E. Rowell D. A. Simpson, 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

Hig-li Hill— J. J. Hill, D. S. Jones*, S. A. Helms. 
Higli Ridge — Elder W. C. Edwards*, J. B. Medlin*, J. P. Rush- 

Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, Henry Carpenter, J. A. Hin- 


Jerusalem — W. A. Helms*, T. F. Mills, E. W. Helms*. 
Jones Hill — J. F. Greene, J. F. Curlee, Jonah Morton. 
Liberty— By letter. 

Liberty Hill — R. T. Burrus, C. W. Safley, R. Mclntyre. 
Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, R. F. Tyson*, C. B. Edwards*. 
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, J. a. Barbee*, B. Huneycutt. 
Mountain Creek — A. Vanhoy, J. E. Russell, J. C. Miller. 
New Zion — S. M. Underwood*, William Coley*, James Broom. 
Pleasant Plill — H. P. Cashion*, J. M. Plartsell, J. A. Lee. 
Pleasant Grove — Elder J. F. Mills, J. S. Thomas*, J. A. Jone:5'=. 
Running Creek — E. M. Hatley, G. M. Tucker, J. H. McCiure.. 
Union Grove— A. E. Little, T. F. Hill, C. S. Medlin. 
Watson — S. L. Mullis, E. C. Williams, Joel MuUis. 
Wadesboro — W. A. Dry, W. D. Edwards*. 

Absentees marked thus *. 



Or Constitution of the Bear Creek Primitive Baptist xN-ssDci'ition, 
Which Was Adopted in the Date of A. 73. 1S:52, md 
Has Been in Vogue Ever Since. 

1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly chosen 
by the different churches in our union and sent' to represent them 
in the Association, who producing letters from their respective 
churches certifying to their appointment, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2nd. In tlie letters from the different churches shall be ex- 
pressed their members in fuU fellowship, those baptized, received 
by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead since the last Asso- 

3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be denomi- 
nated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no power to lord 
it over God's heritage, nor have any ecclesiastical power to in- 
fringe on the internal rights of the church, nevertheless in some 
cases, if becomes necessary to have some uniform rule of proceeding, 
viz.: When an offense may be committed by one church against 
another, we advise the church so offended to labor with the offender 
for satisfaction, and if she fails of success, she may call in the 
aid of two or more churches in the union to assist in the labors, 
and if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot be 
obtained, tlien tlie aggrieved church may bring the ca^^se before 
the Association, whose dut'y it shall be to act on it; and also, 
when any serious difference may arise, in any individual church, 
which they all, after due labor had, cannot reconcile, we advise 
the church then to call in tlie aid of two or more churches in 
tlie union to assist in the work; and, if no satisfaction can be 
had, it may be brought before the Association, who shall act on it. 
and to further illustrate the mode of proceeding in the above case, 
reference shall be had in the 18th chapter of the Gospel by Mat- 
thew and other Scripture, which respect discipline for the bringing 
to trial, and determining on the case of an individual member in 
an individual church, and the Association will take cognizance of 
no case of the kind unless the above proceeding be had thereon. 

r^o-n1^^lV Association when convened shall be governed by a 

I'of them^elves^^'^"^^^ L-ecorum, which they are authorized to form 

5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker, or Modera- 
tor from among themselves for the time being, Avhose duty it shall 
be to see that the Plules of Decorum shall be attended to, taive the 
opinion of the Association on all questions properly brought before 
them; and a Clerk shall be appointed by the Association, Vv^hose 
duty it shall be to take a correct minute of the proceedings of the 
Association, keep a regular file of minutes, who shall be at libertj- 
to choose his assistant. 

6th. New churches may be admitted into this union, who shall 
petition by letter and delegate or delegates on examination, if 
found orthodox and orderly may be received and may be manifested 
by the Chief Speaker or Moderator giving the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate or delegates. 

7th. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to representa- 
tion in the Association, but shall not have more than three mem- 
bers from a church, 

8th, Any query presented to the Association by any church 
in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the Association 
shall be taken, whether it be considered, and if there be a majority 
for taking it into consideration it shall be examined, otherwise it 
shall be withdrawn, nevertheless no query except such as relate 
to the general union shall be received from any church which has 
not been deliberately considered in the church in which it originated 
and vv'hich they cannot get satisfaction. 

9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall come 
under the consideration of the Association unless it be withdrawn 
by the person who made it together with his second. 

10th. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the churches 
with minutes of the proceedings, and in order to enable them to 
do it in the most convenient manner it is recommended that the 
churches should contribute such sums of money as they think 
proper and send by their messengers, which, when received, shall 
be put into the hands of the Treasurer appointed for that purpose, 
and shall be distributed as the Association may direct for the 
benefit of the churches. 

11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting churches, 
or acting in conjunction with the churches, in ordaining m^inisters 
or restoring those whose gifts have been siispended by excom- 
munication to their former function, shall be composed of two or 
more ministers in the union. 

12th. The Association shall provide for the general union of 
tlie churches, preserve the chain of communication among them, 
give them advice in matters of difficulties, enquire into the cause 
why any churches fail to represent themselves in the Association, 
appropriate the money sent by the churches for Associational fund 
to any purpose they may think proper or necessary for the benefit 
of the churches, and appoint any member or members of the 
Association with his or their consent to transact any business 
for the benefit of the union which they think proper. 

13th. The Association may withdraw from any church or 
churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 

14th. The Association may. at its sitting, admit any distant 
brethren, whose principles accord with theirs, to sit with them, who 
shall be at liberty to discourse upon any question, and give his light, 
but not permitted to vote except touching the general union. _ 

15th, All questions should be determined by a majority of 
members pr-^sent, except :n the reception of churches which should 
be unanimous. 

16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do busi- 

17th. Amendments may be made to this form of government 
and to this constitution — a majority of the members being present. 

ISth. The minutes of this Association shall be read and cor- 
rected. , if need be. and signed by the Chief Speaker and Clerk. 

19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and place 
they may think proper. 


Article 1. We believe in one only living- and true God the 
Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being- the first of all 
God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in nature, 
providence, grace and glory, and in relative union with the divine 
Word of God, and thus united with the whole Trinity. 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New 
Testaments contain the only written revealed word of God. 
and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for God's church 
m her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God chose 
his church in Christ .Jesus before the world began. 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by transgression 
in Adam, their federal head. 

Article 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover him- 
self from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freelv by grace 
and before God by faith in Christ and his righteousness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be called, 
converted, regenerated and sanctifid by the Holy Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in grace 
and never finally fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sunper are 
ordinances of Christ's appointment and that believers alone are 
the subjects of baptism and the only proper communicants of the 
supper; that the mode of baptism is immersion, and that neither 
of the ordinances is to be altered or changed by the inventions 
or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has anv 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the gospel 
except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, regularlv 
baptized, called of God and have come under the imposition or 
hands by a regular presbytery. , 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the deaa, Dotu 
the iust and unjust, and a general judgment. . , ^ -n 

y^rt 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked win 
be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 


1 A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be chosen- 
by the suffrage of the members present. 

2 The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat at the 
hour to which the association shall be adjourned, and after prayer 
shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty to keep order 
and shall be entitled to the same privilege of speech as that ot 
another; provided he appoint one of the members to fill the chair 
during the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give 
a vote unless the Association be equally divided. 

3. Only one member shall be allowed to. speak at a time, who 
shall rise from his seat and address the chief speaker by the ap- 
pellation of brother, and while speaking shall confine himself 
strictly to the subject in question, and shall not be interrupted 
unless he digress from the subject, and shall in no wise reflect 
on any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips and 
failings and imperfections, but shall fairly give his own vievv^s of 
the case without sophistry and criticism. 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one subject 
without leave of the Association. 

5. No person shall absent himself from the Association with- 
out leave. 

6. No member of the Association shall address any other 
member by any other term or name than that of brother. 

7. The chief speaker or moderator, shall not interrupt one 
member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech is finished, 
except he break the Rules of Decorum. 


S. The names of all the members of this Association shall 
be enrolled by the clerk, and called over as often as the Association 
may require. 

Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break or 
violate any of the foregoing- rules of the Association shall be re- 
proved by the Association in any way they may think proper. 



Elder J. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder J. E. Williams, Bloomington, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Concord, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. 
Elder Walter Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 

Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. , 


Left over from last year | ^.i') 

Sent up by the churches this year 32.10 

Total $37 . 20 

Given to eleven ministers present, one doTar each 11.00 

Remainder $26.20 

For printing and mailing out these minutes $19.00 

Allowance to Clerk 8.00 

Total expense — ■ $27.00 

Leaving the Association due the Clerk $ .80 



Albermarle — Third Sunday in September. 
Bear Creek — First Sunday in August. 
Bethany — Third Sunday in August. 
Broom's Grove — Fourth Sunday in September, 
Concord — Fourth Sunday in August. 
Clark's Grove — Second Sunday in July. 
Crooked Creek — Third Sunday in July. 
Freedom — Fourth Sunday in September. 
High Hill — First Sunday in September. 
High Ridge — Third Sunday in July. 

Howard's Chapel — Saturday before the fourth Sunday in Sep- 

Jerusalem — Second Sunday in August. 
Jones Hill — Third Sunday in September. 
Liberty — Fourth Sunday in .luly. 
Liberty Hill — Fourth Sunday in July. 
Lawyer's Spring — First Sunday in August. 
Meadow Creek — Third Sunday in August. 

Mountain Creek — Saturday before second Sunday in September. 
New Zion — Second Sunday in September, 
Pleasant Hill — Fourth Sunday in June. 
Pleasant Grove — Second Sunda.y in July. 
Philadelphia — 

Running Creek — Second Sunday in August. 
Union Grove — Second Sunday in September, 
Watson — Fourth Sunday in May. 
Wadesboro — 



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